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Security update for Lion, Lion Server, Mountain Lion issued

07/02, 6:06pm

Addresses numerous flaws, bugs already addressed in Mavericks 10.9.4

Alongside the release of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks for newer Macs, Apple has also releases security-oriented updates for OS X 10.7.x (Lion), the server version of Lion, and for 10.8.x Mountain Lion. The vulnerabilities patched for all three versions include an update to the certificate trust policy, a flaw in the "copyfile" command, and an issue with the Dock that could allow apps to circumvent the sandboxing restrictions. Numerous other discovered potential security vulnerabilities were also addressed.

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Apple updates Canon printer drivers for OS X Lion and up

05/08, 8:57pm

Snow Leopard dropped from latest driver updates

On Thursday, Apple updated its drivers for Canon printer, scanner and AIO products for Macs running OS X 10.7.x (Lion), Mountain Lion (10.8.x) or Mavericks (10.9.x). The updates are likely to already be included in the forthcoming 10.9.3 update, and updates every currently-available driver alongside adding new support for new models. This is the first time that no Snow Leopard version of a driver update has been available.

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Apple to end support of AIM iChat logins for pre-Lion OS X users

04/21, 9:18am

Some users may be forced to upgrade or choose new AIM ID

As of June 30th, Apple will be discontinuing AIM iChat login support for users of OS X below v10.7.2, according to a new support document. The decision specifically affects people using a mac.com or me.com address as an AIM ID to sign into iChat. To get around the issue, people must either create a new AIM ID -- which will also require reentering contacts -- or upgrade to a later version of OS X.

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New Safari beta for Mountain Lion, Mavericks users available

03/18, 10:00pm

Developer-only betas focus on site compatibility, push notifications, more

Following its release earlier today of a 10.9.3 Mavericks preview and iTunes 11.1.6 beta, Apple has added new Safari betas for developers to test. The pre-release builds, versions 6.1.3 and 7.0.3 (Lion/Mountain Lion and Mavericks, respectively), are expected to accompany the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 when it emerges from beta.

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Data shows Mavericks already leading in OS X marketshare

12/02, 2:55pm

Free upgrade spurs quick adoption

Mavericks is already the predominant version of OS X in use by the public, according to November tracking data from Net Applications. During that month, Mavericks' share rose from 0.84 percent to 2.42 percent of the Mac's total global share of 7.55 percent. Mountain Lion's share, meanwhile, plummeted from 3.31 percent to 1.85, while Lion dipped from 1.56 percent to 1.34. Leopard and Snow Leopard, already marginal platforms, dropped only slightly, slipping from 0.33 and 1.6 percent to 0.32 and 1.53 percent, respectively.

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Apple now offering Lion, Mountain Lion vouchers for slow upgraders

10/24, 10:24pm

Users can leap directly to Mavericks, or take it in easy stages

As it did with Snow Leopard, Apple has begun offering voucher codes for downloadable versions of Lion and Mountain Lion for sale for those customers who don't wish to "leap" directly from Snow Leopard to Mavericks, offering an easier path for users who sat out the last two major releases due to incompatible software, files that needed to be converted to modern standards or other reasons. Recently, Snow Leopard was still seen to account for about 20-25 percent of the entire Mac userbase.

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Apple updates printer drivers for wide variety of name brands

08/09, 8:23pm

Updates include Snow Leopard and Lion alongside latest OS version

Apple today released printer driver updates for two different manufacturers' products, with all of the updates available for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) and Lion (10.7), while a few also include updates for Mountain Lion (10.8). Brands include Epson, and a number of labels owned by Ricoh, including NRG, InfoPrint, Lanier, Infotec, Savin and Gestetner. The updates will appear in Software Update as relevant for users' existing printers, and when users connect new printers to their network or computer. New models have been added alongside updates for older models with unspecified changes.

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Apple releases 2013-003 security patch for OS X 10.6 through 10.8

07/02, 3:57pm

New patch fixes bugs, improves stability of OS X

This afternoon, Apple released security update 2013-003 for OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.. The Mountain Lion patch is a 20.4MB download, with the Lion version coming in at 61MB. The fixes in the update relate primarily to flaws in QuickTime.

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Forums: Are Lion and Mountain Lion worth installing?

06/25, 1:40pm

Are Lion and Mountain Lion worth installing?

Today in the MacNN forums, Professional Poster "shifuimam" asks "are Lion and Mountain Lion worth installing?" after hearing that there was a way to install it on unsupported hardware. Also this week, members discuss ways to deal with a MacBook Pro that has a broken monitor in the thread titled "Possibilities" which was started by Fresh-Faced Recruit "Might3Mouse."

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Apple issues Java updates for Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion

06/18, 4:38pm

Updates fix security, stability, and compatibility problems

Apple has posted twin Java updates for OS X, Java for OS X 2013-004 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 16. Both deal with security, stability, and compatibility flaws. The first is targeted at Lion and Mountain Lion users, while the second is for Snow Leopard only.

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Apple issues security update for Snow Leopard, Lion, Server versions

06/04, 7:52pm

Rolls in security changes present in just-released 10.8.4 update

As expected, Apple has issued Security Update 2013-002 for older versions of OS X that are limited to the security-oriented changes present in the latest Mountain Lion update, v10.8.4, which was issued earlier today. Updates for Snow Leopard (10.6), the OS X Server version of Snow Leopard, the OS X Server version of Lion (10.7) and the client version of Lion are all now available through Software Update or Apple's own Support Downloads page. Issues were found and patched for OpenSSL, QuickTime, Ruby and SMB among other areas.

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Apple updates Xerox drivers for Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion

05/02, 7:00pm

No details on changes, version now set to 2.3

On Thursday, Apple released updated printer drivers for its supported Xerox printers for users of OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8). Unusually for such a release, there is not yet a list of the specific changed or added models supported by the built-in software. All three versions of OS X support a wide and expanding list of Xerox products, including standalone, all-in-one and wireless printer models, as well as some standalone scanners.

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Oracle, Apple update Java to fix newly-discovered exploits

03/04, 4:51pm

Five more vulnerabilities discovered

Oracle has released a new version of Java 7, Update 17. The patch is being released early, Oracle says, to cope with a security hole that is being "actively exploited by attackers to maliciously install the McRat executable onto unsuspecting users’ machines." The vulnerability was made public late last week. It also fixes a second, previously undocumented flaw, believed to be likewise connected to Java SE's 2D component.

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Forums: Selling iMac, how to install brand new OS?

03/01, 1:57pm

Selling iMac, how to install brand new OS

Today, Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" announced that they are selling their iMac, but they are looking for a way to install a copy of Mountain Lion that can be transferred to the new owner along with the computer. Also today, Mac Elite "euphras" was looking for a way to determine what capacity their VRAM sticks that they have lying around are, from a machine that was built in the early '90s.

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Apple issues promised post-attack Java update

02/19, 4:55pm

Lion, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard get Java SE 6 fixes

Apple has released a promised Java update in the wake of an attack by Chinese hackers. The patch is available in two versions, for Lion/Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard. In both cases the code should bring Java SE 6 up to v1.6.0_41.

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Apple discontinuing Messages beta for Lion on December 14

11/16, 9:20pm

Upgrade to Mountain Lion or lose Messages, users told

The Lion version of Messages, which existed as a beta only and gave users a taste of the way the program operates on Mountain Lion, will never emerge from beta and will be discontinued on December 14, according to an email from Apple to existing Messages beta users. The change does not affect those running Messages on Mountain Lion, but closes the only non-ML portal to the service. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Mountain Lion, but those who can't will be able to continue to use iChat, which offered many of the same features but lacked the full level of message integration.

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Apple updates photo apps, firmware alongside OS releases

09/19, 7:00pm

Recent models, even Windows programs tweaked for iOS 6

In addition to today's major releases of iOS 6 for mobile devices and OS X updates 10.8.2 for Mountain Lion and 10.7.5 for Lion, a handful of firmware updates and OS X app updates have been posted to Apple's support webpage, mostly to increase compatibility with iOS 6 device interactions but also adding support for Shared Photo Streams in iPhoto and Aperture as well as addressing bugs and other issues. Along with the photo apps, a security update was posted for users of Snow Leopard, and Apple's iCloud Control Panel for Windows was bumped to v2.0.

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OS X 10.7.5 adds Gatekeeper, minor bugfixes

09/19, 2:54pm

Brings Mountain Lion security tech back to previous OS

Complementing the release of OS X 10.8.2, Apple has also posted OS X 10.7.5, an update for Lion users. The software mainly retrofits Lion with Gatekeeper, the security technology built into Mountain Lion. By default Gatekeeper rejects unsigned apps, although restrictions can be loosened if necessary.

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Forum roundup: Lion questions and more

09/18, 2:17pm

Lion questions and more

Earlier this week when one Forum Regular had a Lion question, they turned to the MacNN forums for some guidance, click here to read more. Today The Godfather started a thread to discuss the possibility of a group of five people going together to get a deal on the new iPhone 5, which, he claims, will offer significant savings.

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Apple issues new Lion, Snow Leopard Java updates

09/05, 3:48pm

Patches disable always-on Java support

Apple has posted two new OS X Java updates: one for Lion, Java for OS X 2012-005, and one for Snow Leopard, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 10. In both cases the patches now prevent Java from running in an always-on state. The Java plugin is killed if no applets have been run for an "extended period of time;" in fact, if Java for OS X 2012-004 wasn't previously installed, 005 disables Java by default until a person choose to enable or re-enable a Java plugin in their browser.

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Apple seeds fourth developer build of OS X 10.7.5

08/27, 9:19pm

Graphics, media tasks still main focus

Apple has released a fourth beta of OS X 10.7.5 to developers. The download, build 11G45, is about 1.16GB as a delta, or 1.93GB as a combo update. As with the previous build there are no known issues, and Apple is again asking developers to test graphics quality and performance, as well as media importing, viewing, and editing.

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Forum roundup: Lion troubles and more

08/17, 10:57am

Lion troubles and more

Today in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit is doing some archiving and needs software that can turn PDFs into searchable text for their database, provide your input here. Ever since Junior Member Geoff installed Lion they discovered that their computer would not turn off without "pulling the plug", read more in this thread started yesterday, and provide your suggestions.

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Third OS X 10.7.5 beta reaches develeopers

08/16, 9:31am

Apple holds course on testing demands

Apple is seeding a third developer beta of OS X 10.7.5 to developers. The code is listed as build 11G36, and as before, has no known issues. Apple is also holding steady on testing focus, asking developers to look at graphics quality and performance, along with media importing, editing, and viewing.

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New OS X 10.7.5, iCloud Control Panel betas reach devs

07/30, 4:03pm

Graphics main focus of 10.7.5 testing

Apple is seeding three updated betas to developers. The main one is a new build of OS X 10.7.5, 11G30. Although few details have been reported, Apple states that the build has no known issues, and is asking developers to concentrate on testing graphics quality and performance. Matching the main v10.7.5 release is a beta of v10.7.5 server, which has the same build number.

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OS X Server, Safari, iWork updates join Mountain Lion [u]

07/25, 10:34am

New Server just $20 add-on

(Updated with Safari security notes) Accompanying today's launch of OS X Mountain Lion are a number of parallel software updates. Amount these is OS X Server for Mountain Lion, a $20 add-on. The release marks another price drop for Server, which in its Lion form cost $49; before that it cost several times more still.

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Apple seeds GM of Mountain Lion, Xcode 4.4 to developers

07/09, 6:31pm

Lion 10.7.5 update also available for testing

The finishing touches are being applied to the next major release of OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion or 10.8. Developers have alerted MacNN to a Golden Master (GM) seed being pushed out through the OS X Dev Center. The GM seed is for both the client version as well as Server, which features a significant re-arranging of its main features. The company also has a first seed of Lion 10.7.5 and a GM of Xcode 4.4 available.

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Forum roundup: new forum layout and more

07/06, 12:25pm

This weeks forum topics

The MacNN forums received an update this week and to introduce our forum fans to the new layout nickvalluri of the Huddler Team added the Quick Start Guide to the New Platform with more information and a way to provide feedback. One Dedicated MacNNer is torn between wanting to upgrade to a new Mac mini with Mountain Lion and no optical drive, or cling to their Mini from 2007 with an optical drive, read more here.

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Apple updates printer drivers, Aperture for 10.6, 10.7

06/28, 7:00pm

Smaller printer brands get expanded support

Apple has pushed out a minor upgrade to it's earlier major update of Aperture, released two weeks ago. The new 3.3.1 version fixes a bug that could cause the program to hang or crash when upgrading libraries to the new iPhoto and Aperture unified format. The company also introduced or updated hundreds of printer and scanner drivers for major brands under Snow Leopard and Lion, along with more support for several smaller printer brands.

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Apple releases first developer beta of OS X 10.7.5

06/19, 4:32pm

Graphics, networking among focus areas

Apple is seeding the first beta of OS X 10.7.5 to developers, according to AppleInsider. The initial build is listed as 11G15, and is a 937MB delta download, or 1.87GB in combo form. Developers are being asked to focus on graphics quality and performance, networking reliability and performance, and lastly importing, editing, and viewing images and other media.

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Apple at work on first external beta of OS X 10.7.5

06/18, 5:14pm

Small group may start next in next few days

Apple is far enough into development of OS X 10.7.5 that it's on the verge of releasing the update's first external beta, AppleInsider sources say. A small group of Mac developers are expected to get a beta within the next few days. The general development community should get the software shortly afterward.

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Apple rolls out Java update for OS X Lion, Snow Leopard

06/12, 5:50pm

Eleven exploits patched, previous security content included

The Java runtime environment has been updated for both OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8, and OS X Lion 10.7.4. While Apple historically doesn't discuss specific security updates, this package updates Java to version 1.6.0_33. All previous security fixes are included, such as the Flashback removal tool and automatic disabling of the Java plugin when it has been idle for 35 days.

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Apple pulls links to Messages beta for OS X Lion

06/12, 1:30pm

Company preps for Mountain Lion in July

Apple has removed virtually all links and references to the Messages for Mac beta from its website, reports note. One link is still present at the bottom of Apple's Downloads page, but even this redirects to Apple's generic OS X page. The only way a person can still download the beta is through a direct URL; the file is 63.8MB.

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Forum roundup: is it worth it to upgrade from Snow Leopard?

05/22, 11:51am

Current forum topics

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, ghporter asks "is it worth upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion?" read more here. Also yesterday one Senior User discovered they were having problems copying and pasting from e-mails and have turned to the forums for some advice.

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Apple updates Safari, Remote Desktop, Server Admin Tools

05/09, 6:37pm

Security fixes for Snow Leopard as well

Accompanying the just-released OS X 10.7.4 update, Apple has also posted several new versions of other products -- including Safari, Remote Desktop, the server version of Lion's Server Admin Tools and a security update for Snow Leopard users. The Safari and Remote Desktop updates apply to both Lion and Snow Leopard, and should be available through Software Update. The Safari update is available for both Mac and Windows users.

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OS X 10.7.4 goes live, fixes FileVault security issue

05/09, 5:20pm

Includes Safari 5.1.7, more RAW support

Following several weeks of developer testing, Apple has released the completed version of OS X 10.7.4. Now available though Lion's Software Update mechanism, the upgrade deals with several security, reliability and compatibility problems. Most notably it fixes a security issue in FileVault which could potentially expose a person's passwords in plain text.

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Apple update exposes Lion login passwords in clear text

05/07, 1:32pm

Lion debug flag left in update causing major security risk

OS X 10.7.3 contains a debug flag which makes system passwords readable, checks show. Depending on the system configuration, people who update to v10.7.3 may have a widely-viewable debug log file containing passwords for all users accessing a system. The passwords are stored in plain text, making for a potentially serious security risk.

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Apple preparing Java runtime shift to Oracle

05/04, 9:30pm

Getting out of its own version entirely

Apple is now preparing a pair of Java 6 runtime updates for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 that will mark the last Apple-custom versions of Java, handing over all future development and responsibility for Java on the Mac platform directly to Oracle. Apple had already stopped shipping a default version of Java with new Macs beginning with the release of Lion last summer, but had made in-house versions available to Lion users as well as continued supporting the Snow Leopard version.

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Apple posts updated 10.7.4, Server, Xcode and 10.8 builds

05/01, 9:47pm

Mountain Lion adds 'do not disturb' feature

Earlier today, Apple posted a new developer build of OS X Lion 10.7.4 for both Client and Server editions, coming just one week after the previous update. In addition, the company has updated the last Developer Preview 3 of OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, and also posted Developer Preview 4 of Xcode 4.4 for developers. The Mountain Lion update is notable for a new "Do Not Disturb" mode in the built-in Notifications Center, which may portend a similar feature in a future iOS version.

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Forum roundup: Radeon 7000 Series GPUs and more

04/24, 11:55am

Current forum topics

Today in the MacNN forums Moderator P started a thread discussing the release of the new Radeon 7000 Series GPUs in the thread titled "Ivy Bridge and Radeon 7000M", join in here. Also today forum goers converse about Lion performance problems in this thread started in the early hours of the morning.

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Apple seeds new 10.7.4 build, release likely near

04/23, 10:50pm

Breaks the every-two-weeks pattern

Just ten days after the previous release of build 11E46, Apple has posted a later version of the upcoming 10.7.4 update for developers, listing no known issues. The developer-only 11E52 breaks the pattern of around two full weeks between updates, and features a version number smaller in difference than the previous release, which suggests that final release may be nearing. This is the fourth version of OS X 10.7.4 to be offered to developers for testing.

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SkyDrive gets Mac, Windows, iPad apps, drops to 7GB for some

04/23, 2:55pm

Microsoft intros SkyDrive preview desktop apps

Microsoft quickly confirmed rumors and has posted preview versions of both Windows Vista/7/8 and OS X Lion desktop apps while curbing the reach of its cloud service. The software now lets users more directly organize their cloud storage, automatically syncing anything loaded into a SkyDrive folder and sorting its contents as though it were offline. The iOS app has also been updated (App Store to get native iPad support, including for the higher-resolution visuals of the new iPad along with deleting renaming, and moving files in the cloud.

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Apple offers free Snow Leopard to push MobileMe holdouts

04/18, 10:25pm

Free upgrade still only available for Intel Macs

Users of Intel Macs that have not, for one reason or another, yet upgraded to either Snow Leopard or Lion may be rewarded for their lethargy: an e-mail sent out to qualifying MobileMe customers offers them a free copy of Snow Leopard so that they can then upgrade to Lion and maintain their MobileMe account and address through iCloud. Respondent simply click on a special link to log into their MobileMe accounts and are directed to a registration form.

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Apple posts separate Flashback removal tool

04/14, 4:10am

Mac users can now remove Flashback beyond updates

Apple late Friday followed up its anti-Flashback Java update with its own dedicated Flashback removal tool. The tool finds the "most common variants" of the exploit and will either say if it found and pulled any variant. If needed, it will ask for a full reboot to wipe the malware entirely.

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Apple seeds new build of 10.7.4 to developers

04/13, 8:30pm

Third build has no known issues

Apple today released a new build of the forthcoming 10.7.4 for developers, asking them to focus on interactions with the App Store, graphics, e-mail, QuickTime, Screen Sharing and Time Machine. The new version, build 11E46, comes two weeks after the previous one (11E35) and barely a month since the first external beta (11E27). The new version has no known issues, and developers are asked to focus on the same areas as in the previous build.

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Google bends on Chrome OS, adds taskbar and windows

04/10, 8:00am

Chrome OS Aura drops pure web metaphor

Google's latest developer channel release for Chrome OS has revealed pressure to bring it back to more of a traditional desktop. A new window manager, Aura, now gives it a Windows-like taskbar ("shelf") and multiple windows, much like the conventional operating system it was hoping to avoid. A button on the taskbar now invokes a full-screen app launcher much like Apple's Launchpad in OS X Lion.

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Air Display app adds support for iPad Retina display

04/02, 6:45pm

Tablet serves as 2048x1536 monitor

Avatron's Air Display update has been approved and added to the App Store ($10, iTunes), enabling users to take advantage of the new iPad's Retina display. Users who run the wireless display app from a Retina device can now enable the HiDPI display mode that had been hidden in Mac OS X Lion, bringing the maximum output resolution up to 2048x1536.

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Forum roundup: BT keyboard weight and more questions

03/30, 10:10am

Current forum topics

Today in the MacNN forums Mac Elite slider asks "can someone tell me what the weight of Apple's latest BT keyboard is" and has yet to find an answer. Yesterday Senior User MacNNUK reported an odd problem with the Safari icon in the dock being pixilated after upgrading to 10.7.3, join in here.

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Apple refurbs: Mac mini, MacBook Air and more

03/30, 10:10am

Price drops on Apple products

This week at Apple's online store save on refurbished Macs iPads and more. The bargain priced Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive is now $699 after a $100 price cut. A $300 discount is offered on the refurb. 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and 128GB flash storage is now $799.

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New OS X 10.7.4 beta build has no known issues

03/29, 11:20am

Final release may still take some time

Apple is seeding a new beta of OS X 10.7.4 to developers, reports say. The build is listed as build 11E35, and release notes for the software claim "no known issues" at the moment. Apple is nevertheless asking developers to test several different components, including Mail, iCal, QuickTime, graphics, and the Mac App Store.

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Forum roundup: downside to updating to iOS 5.1?

03/27, 8:50am

Topics from the forums

Yesterday in the MacNN forums dedicated MacNNer ClaraT started a thread asking if there was any downside to updating to iOS 5.1 on an iPhone 4S, click here to read more. Today the conversation continues in the thread titled "two sleeping questions" where members discuss the sleep function in OS X Lion.

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